Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Betsy Wolfston - Handbuilt Ceramic Artist

Betsy Wolfston
"For the past 20+ years I have made my living as a professional ceramic artist. My work can be seen in many public art works around the country. I also show my work as a solo artist in professional art galleries on a national level. Much of my inspiration for my work comes from traveling abroad. I have traveled in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. From all of these journeys I have respectfully commemorated my findings into pieces of art for public showing and educating. All of my work is hand built one at a time and is suitable for hanging indoors or out.  Each year for the 2nd & Blair Artist Open House and Studio Sale I create a new body of smaller works of art that are very affordable and make a nice addition to anyone’s art collection or as a gift."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alison Shiboski - Fine Jewelry

  Alison is another guest artist at 2nd and Blair.  She has been a long standing participant in our annual holiday sale and this year she will be exhibiting in Betsy Wolfston's studio.  Her beautiful handmade fine jewelry is perfect for special occasions, with her line of wedding jewelry and focus on gold and fine gemstone jewelry.

Artist Statement

"I design and produce jewelry using precious metals and a variety of gemstones. We all seek to mark special occasions such as a weddings and anniversaries. I work in a personal manner to make designs that suit the occasions and the individuals.

I rely on traditions in form and function to guide me. Will a piece be comfortable to wear every day? Is it constructed of quality materials that wear well? This utilitarian approach is satisfying for me as the artist and for the recipient of my work.

I take delight that jewelry created from materials conceived in the earth generations ago will be worn and appreciated for generations to come.

My work is on display and available through the year at Next Twist in Eugene and The Real Mother Goose in Portland."

Monday, November 29, 2010

Judith Sparks - Painter

You might recognize Judith's work from her iconic Eugene installation pieces in the Public Library Rotunda.  Her powerful silk banners with salmon imagery are suspended in the center of  a three story spiral staircase, becoming a walking meditation as you climb.  
In addition to her public art works, Judith creates, assemblages, 2-D works and sculpture.  As a longstanding member of 2nd and Blair Artists, Judith will be opening her studio for one weekend only during the Annual Holiday Sale Dec. 3-5th

"I am self taught in silkscreen, watercolor, acrylic, and airbrush on paper, canvas, and silk. I also construct iconic assemblages of found & fabricated objects. My work is informed by poetry, mythology, and Buddhism, and inspired by salmon, dogs, and all things earthly. I currently have a working studio in Eugene, OR, with the 2nd Avenue & Blair St. Warehouse artists." - Judith Sparks

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tracey Bell - Metalsmith

With inspiration drawn from natural and man-made surroundings Tracey creates wearable art that celebrates life both as a force of nature and an experience while discovering permanence and new meaning in typically short lived and forgotten elements of everyday life. 

Tracy Bell has moved her studio to ClaySpace at 222 Polk Street, Eugene. Visit her studio during our Holiday Show and Sale - It's just around the corner.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Susan Klein - Designer and Mixed Media Artist

Susan will feature her collectible mixed metal and stone jewelry, which includes colorful touches of torched enamels, resins, stones and found objects. A jeweler since 1991, she has sold to galleries, catalogs and museum shops across the US and Europe having a featured show in Milan, Italy. New for the 2010 Holiday season, Susan Klein will be showing and selling her new, 105 piece collection of artisan pewter and stone jewelry. A two and one half year project, her exciting new line has finally been released to the public as of September.

A textile, fashion designer and weaver of many years, she will also feature mixed media wooden framed and unframed collages using birch wood, metals, acrylics, canvas and found objects. Original frameable art cards and metal garden art is on her agenda to show and sell. All will be affordable to the Eugene community.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Betsy Wolfston Now Showing at Opus VII

Ceramic artist Betsy Wolfston, of the 2nd and Blair Artists, is now showing a selection of her work at the recently re-opened Opus Gallery, Opus VII. On display are her trademark house blessings and bowls as well as gorgeous collaborative mixed media wall pieces that incorporate curvilinear carved wood panels.